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ThinkFun 36 Cube
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- Only two simple rules
- 6 levels of success
- Challenge your skills
- For the whole family
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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ThinkFun describes this puzzle as having an Aha moment when solving it. There are many types of Aha moments, like the moment you realize a new way to deduce a value in Sudoku, or, when you realize you have been betrayed by someone you trusted. I enjoy the first type but not the second. Unfortunately, I consider the Aha moment in this puzzle to be in the second category. With this hint, some may want to stop reading here and take the challenge this puzzle offers.
After wondering how many combinations there really are in this puzzle, I decided to write a computer program to explore its possibilities. My program determined that there were no solutions. I checked my logic carefully and there were no mistakes. This prompted me to do a quick web search and I found that the Aha moment in the solution is when you realize that this puzzle is not what it first appears to be.Read more ›
Fun for all ages. Our 4 year old was intrigued for a while. And even our 2 year old liked to stack the pieces (although the pieces are small so he could choke if not supervised).
I recommend solving one color at a time.
Spoiler alert (see below):
There is a hint provided by the manufacturer (puzzle itself provides a clue). I won't reveal the solution only to completely ruin the "fun" for all!
The catch is, the 36-officers problem has been proven to be insoluble.
This caused me to take a closer look at the physical construction of the puzzle, and, sure enough, there is a trick. It's the nature of that trick which caused my disappointment. This is presented as a logic puzzle, but it's not really a logic puzzle. The solution depends on the chance discovery of a physical anomaly in the way the puzzle pieces are built. There is absolutely no hint of this in the "two rules" given for the puzzle, and the "solution" is akin to finding out that you need to put a round peg in a square hole.
To me this is like someone handing you a crossword puzzle, and you can get /almost/ all the words except for one or two -- and then they tell you that even though all the clues are in English all the answers are supposed to be in French. There isn't any particluar reason why you would expect this, since English puzzles typically have English clues and French puzzles have French clues. Yes, you might accidentally stumble on the key, but it would pretty much have to be by accident, because the key has nothing to do with the typical rules and expectations involved in solving crossword puzzles.
Unfortunately, this is true of the 36 cube.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My oldest son is a Physicist and always solves the puzzles I get him in seconds. This one stumped him and it was funny to seem him so frustrated that he threw it at the wall across... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ken
First of all this can be solved. This thing is so much fun. I love puzzle games and this one has stumped me the most out of all of them. I've gotten down to 2 parts left. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenny
I got this for my girlfriend who loves puzzles, and almost a year later and I don't think any of us have solved it. It is a very difficult puzzle even for the smartest of minds. Read morePublished 18 months ago by NT86
This is a great puzzle! I love to be challenged and have yet to get them all back in the right spots. It is perfect for someone who really wants a challenge!Published on January 13, 2014 by Very Rural Customer
its been a year and my step mom still cant do it and she loves puzzles, she gave up and that is weird for her.Published on August 14, 2013 by Mike
It's an interesting puzzle, but I was very disappointed with it when I learned the solution. It's a cool idea, but was unnecessarily frustrating. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by CollinS
I had this trick toy for three years before I finally gave up and found the "solution" online. It should not be marketed as a puzzle because there is no way to solve it as a... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by elise hammond
Unlike the Rubik's Cube or other puzzles that challenge the mind, but give you a great sense of "Ah ha!" when you figure something out, this product is a bit of a cheat. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Tyler V.